Today's News

  • Residents look forward to Cumberland Trail Connector

     City officials hope to attract hikers to LaFollette with the Cumberland Connector trail.

    “We’re one of the entry points to the Cumberland Trail,” interim city administrator Cade Sexton said. “There’s not a lot of them.”

  • Poston sees challenges in coming year

    Nearly eight months into his tenure as Campbell County’s director of schools, Donnie Poston, is looking at 2012 as a new challenge.

    Citing improvements in discipline and structural upgrades in a number of the county’s school buildings as well as the support of teachers, the veteran educator said despite some of the challenges the system is facing the future looks bright.

    Because 2012 is a big year in the political arena, Poston said he is bracing himself for more changes in education.

  • Traffic stops lead to a number of arrests

    Reports of a car driving southbound in the northbound lanes on Interstate 75 kept Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Ty Daugherty busy on Dec. 22

    Initially Daugherty was unable to locate the white, 2001 Lincoln, but when he exited the interstate at Exit 144 he saw the vehicle parked on the side of the road with the bumper partially off.

  • Jellico Utilities hopes to finish projects in new year

     Jellico Electric and Water System Supervisor and interim General Manager Woody Swafford is all business going into 2012.

    “We’ve got some ongoing projects we’re trying to finish up,” Swafford said.

  • Pursuit ends with discovery of stolen items


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    Erratic driving led to the arrest of alleged jewel thieves during the holidays.

  • LUB manager anticipates 2012 will be a good year

     LaFollette Utilities General Manager Kenny Baird is confident about the service LUB offers its customers as he looks at the projects that will be underway in 2012 to improve the system.

  • CCSD solves Dollar General robbery

    On Dec. 16 the Dollar General store located on General Carl Stiner Highway was robbed at knifepoint. And just over a week later an arrest was made.

    Following the incident in which a male walked into the store and demanded cash from the register before fleeing on foot, officials with the Campbell County Sheriff’s department worked diligently turning over stones that led to the arrest of Dustin Riley Berry, 29, of 430 Farmer Lane, LaFollette.

  • Winter weather causes LaFollette Utility bills to spike

    People can get angry about high utility bills. But the size of their bills is determined more by how much energy they use than rates, LaFollette Utilities Board General Manager Kenny Baird said.

    Customers are charged for energy usage, per kilowatt-hour. Baird gave the illustration of filling up a gas tank. When gas costs $3 a gallon, the person filling up a 20-gallon tank will spend more money than the person filling up a 10-gallon tank.

    “It’s almost all weather driven,” Baird said.

  • County opens shelters for stranded motorists

    Classes in Campbell County had not resumed from Christmas break, but one building became a haven for road weary travelers on Monday night.

    After an unexpected snow shower created a skating rink on Interstate 75 late in the afternoon hours of Jan. 2.  Multiple automobile crashes soon caused the roadway to be impassible.

    Motorists were stuck in gridlock for hours. And as temperatures dropped, Jay Muncy, Campbell County EMA director, said the priority was to get people off the road.

  • Celebration turns dangerous

    Police are investigating a barroom ruckus that left a man with lasting injuries.

    Just before midnight on New Year’s Eve, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to the Brown Shack Tavern on Highway 25W. Callers said an argument had erupted into a fight with one man having his face gashed, according to CCSD Chief Deputy Aaron Evans.